Taking A Road Trip On A Budget

Taking A Road Trip On A Budget In Australia

One of the best ways to go on holiday without the huge expense was to go on a road trip – although due to rising fuel costs and general cost of living increases, this has made the “cheaper option” less attractive. Even though you might baulk at the cost of filling up your car, you can still have a great road trip holiday without spending the earth. Here are some tips to get you started!

Road Trip On A Budget
Road Trip On A Budget

Go local(ish)

The further you go, the more it will cost you in fuel. If you stick to your own state or one region – such as the Snowy Valley in NSW or the Wimmera in Victoria, you’ll not only cut down on fuel costs but also experience a part of the country you otherwise may have overlooked. Each region has its own culture, food, history, and activities – and in some cases, you won’t find anywhere else.

Remember to check for road closures or detours – and avoid them if you want to save on fuel.

Experiences for Free: Exploring the Spectacular High Plains

Are you a nature enthusiast eager to explore the great outdoors? Then you’re in for a treat, especially if you venture into the stunning Snowy Valley region. Here, amidst the breathtaking high plains, you’ll discover some of the most spectacular hiking trails and landscapes in all of Australia.

Embark on invigorating hikes through national parks and scenic trails, immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural world. With your trusty boots, water bottles, and supplies in tow, you can traverse rugged terrain and discover hidden gems along the way. The high plains offer a diverse range of ecosystems, from lush forests to vast alpine meadows, providing endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Drive to scenic lookouts perched atop majestic peaks, where panoramic views stretch as far as the eye can see. Marvel at cascading waterfalls nestled amidst verdant forests, or tackle thrilling biking tracks that wind through picturesque landscapes. Spend leisurely days basking on pristine beaches or exploring other natural wonders, all while soaking in the tranquillity of the Snowy Valley region.

Whether you’re an avid hiker, nature photographer, or simply seeking solace in the beauty of the wilderness, the high plains of the Snowy Valley region offer an unparalleled outdoor experience. Best of all, these unforgettable adventures come at no additional cost, except for the fuel needed to reach these scenic spots. So pack your sense of adventure and embark on a journey to discover the hidden treasures of Australia’s high plains, and save money while you do it, to boot!

Servicing your car

Before you embark on a road trip, you should always consider getting its scheduled logbook service; or at least a general service or oil change. A car in good maintenance is not only safer for you and your family, but also improves on fuel consumption. Your tyres should also be inflated to its rated capacity and rotated as part of your service – this can save up to 10% per tank of fuel. 

Consider switching to fuel efficient cars

 If you own a gas guzzler or older car you may consider switching to something that is more efficient. Of course, this is a major investment – but will save you over and over again when going on road trips (and daily commuting or grocery shopping.) You’ll likely need car finance to fund the purchase, though. If you want to save on your car loan, be sure to bypass your bank and get finance from a specialist broker.

Other money saving tips

Instead of buying lunches and dinners at every stop, pack snacks and your own food to cut down on (expensive) dining out. If you need to book accommodation, book it well ahead of time to save on last-minute rates. If you are part of a motoring club/insurance (RACV, RACQ, etc.) you may also be entitled to a membership discount. You can save even more by staying at a caravan park or pitching a tent (weather permitting.) Always shop around for deals on accommodation and activities and ask locals at the visitor information centre for hidden gems that are either low cost or free. 

Look into options like booking budget-friendly motels, or even trying out homestays, Airbnb rentals or farm stays. These alternatives often come at a fraction of the cost compared to standard hotels, allowing you to stretch your holiday budget further. Additionally, camping under the stars or staying in unique accommodations can add an element of adventure and novelty to your trip, enhancing the overall experience without breaking the bank. Research different accommodation options in advance and book early to secure the best deals and availability. By choosing budget-friendly accommodations, you can enjoy a comfortable and memorable road trip holiday without overspending.

With all this in mind, you can have a great road trip holiday for less than you bargained for!

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